Monday, July 16, 2018

Nathan Fillion Is Nathan Drake In This UNCHARTED Live Action Fan Film

Holy crap! I would so watch this on the big screen.

Amazon Temporarily Sold Pirated PC Games

How does stuff like this slip by Amazon?

I decided to pay $3 to play detective. It's piracy. Someone took the GOG version of the game, repackaged it with their own installer signed and published by "Ace Media Group LLC" and submitted it to Amazon. The installer looks fairly legit but the uninstaller doesn't work. They left GOG-specific metadata files and Galaxy64.dll (for GOG Galaxy client integration) in the install dir.

Gigabyte Announces Four New B450 Motherboards

AORUS shares the same passion with gamers who devote their heart and soul to gaming. With AORUS, the pinnacle of our hardware excellence, we are committed to bring a wide array of gaming innovation that delivers ultimate performance and exemplifies the PC’s capability for bringing gamers unprecedented delights. AORUS will continue to take parts in global gaming events, connecting with the community and actively listening to gamers’ desires in order to create marvelous products that meet gamers’ genuine needs. We are looking to team up with gamers in their quest for gaming, to challenge the limits without fear, and to fight on as we rise to the ultimate glory! 

Yay! It's Amazon Prime Day!

If you guys are doing any shopping on Amazon Prime Day, ← use this link so I can become a millionaire...or something.

NVIDIA Unifies GeForce NOW Service

According to this post at Anandtech, NVIDIA will be unifying its GeForce NOW service across all supported platforms.

NVIDIA this month is unifying its GeForce NOW service across all platforms that it supports, extending the latest iteration of the service for PCs and Macs to include NVIDIA's SHIELD TV consoles. From now on, all 225 games supported by the game streaming service will also run on the Android TV STB.

Germany Bans Vague Release Dates For Pre-Orders

This should be banned in the US as well.

Germany has banned vague release dates for pre-orders. It means shops can't offer pre-orders with phrases such as "coming soon" or "available soon" any more. Instead, they must indicate the latest date by which the product will be delivered - or not offer a pre-order.

Why Nudists Love Twitter

Twitter is cool with nudity? Who knew. 😏

While Twitter’s terms of service bans graphic nudity in your header or avatar, it’s perfectly fine to share images and videos containing “full or partial nudity including close-ups of genitals, buttocks, or breasts,” which many nudists do, along with articles on nudism and body acceptance.

3D Printed Guns Are Now Legal

Oh no!!! The world is going to come to an end as criminals across the globe will soon be 3D-printing anonymous fully automatic weapons!! 😏

A gun fabricator called the Ghost Gunner, represents the endgame for gun control, not just in the US but everywhere in the world. With nothing but the Ghost Gunner, an internet connection, and some raw materials, anyone, anywhere can make an unmarked, untraceable gun in their home or garage.

Star Citizen Backers No Longer Able To Get Refunds

Vote with your wallet. If you don't like the way CIG does business, don't buy their products.

Backers of the infamous Star Citizen project no longer have any means of demanding refunds from its developer, Cloud Imperium Games (hereon referred to as “CIG”). Considering the project’s current reputation, this probably won’t come as much of a shock to the wider gaming audience. However, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone since the writing’s been on the wall for quite some time now.

AMD Deepens Senior Management and Technical Leadership Bench

AMD today announced key promotions that extend senior-level focus on company growth. AMD named “Zen” chief architect Mike Clark an AMD corporate fellow; promoted Darren Grasby to senior vice president of global Computing and Graphics sales and AMD president for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and promoted Robert Gama to senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “We believe the opportunities ahead of us are tremendous as we execute on our long-term strategy and exciting product roadmap,” said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “As leaders, Mike, Darren, and Robert have made significant contributions to our success so far, and these promotions elevate their impact at AMD as we accelerate company growth going forward.”

Smorgasbord of AI Research Gets Set Out in Stockholm

Three pioneering research teams supported by NVIDIA AI Labs are presenting key findings this week at the International Conference on Machine Learning, a major AI show taking place in Stockholm. Known as NVAIL, our program provides these research partners with access to powerful GPU computing resources. Researchers from Tsinghua University and Georgia Tech are exploring ways to detect vulnerabilities in neural networks that use graph structured data. An Oxford University team is training multiple AI agents to efficiently operate together in the same environment. And Carnegie Mellon University researchers are determining how a neural network can more quickly learn the optimal path around a space.

Herd of AI Startups Is Milking the Internet of Cows

A pasture of startups promises to beef up the cattle industry. These pioneers in what’s become known as the Internet of Cows are using image recognition algorithms to help detect cattle health issues and serve up analytics for improvements to farm management in the multibillion-dollar dairy and beef markets. Companies dotting the globe — in Israel, Canada, Ireland, Amsterdam, India and the U.S. — have been focused on boosting cattle production as AI has come to the fore of agriculture in recent years.

Intel to Acquire eASIC

Intel is competing to win in the largest-ever addressable market for silicon, which is being driven by the explosion of data and the need to process, analyze, store and share it. This dynamic is fueling demand for computing solutions of all kinds. Of course Intel is known for world-class CPUs, but today we offer a broader range of custom computing solutions to help customers tackle all kinds of workloads – in the cloud, over the network and at the edge. In recent years, Intel has expanded its products and introduced breakthrough innovations in memory, modems, purpose-built ASICs, vision processing units and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Intel Xeon E Processor Tailored for Entry-level Workstations

Intel today announced the release of the new Intel® Xeon® E-2100 processor. The Intel Xeon E processor, successor to the Intel Xeon E3 processor, is designed for entry-level workstations that provide creators with powerful, single-threaded application performance with a platform optimized for reliability and affordability.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Everything Back To Normal!!!

Site maintenance complete, everything is back to normal!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Site Maintenance Underway!

There will be more site maintenance this week, starting tomorrow and ending Friday. If you are accessing the site, you should still be able to read reviews and news up to this point. Unfortunately, there will be no new content posted until maintenance is complete. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you need something to do in the mean time, enter to win this months giveaway package while you are waiting!

Revisiting The In Win D-Frame Mini

Oh how I love this case. I am still rocking the full sized version on my main rig.

NZXT H500i Case Review

There is a review of the NZXT H500i mid-tower ATX chassis posted today at Play3r. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

How Governments Can Help Advance Artificial Intelligence

In order to craft effective public policy, governments should develop an AI perspective. One of the best ways to do this is through nationally funded R&D. Great programs are already underway around algorithmic explicability both in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.K. specifically, government-funded initiatives are addressing the use of AI for early diagnosis of illness, reducing crop disease and delivery of digital services in the public sector. This is good and more is needed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

TSA Finds Snake Hidden Inside Hard Drive At Miami Airport

Anything to declare? Yeah, there was almost snakes on a muthaf@#kin plane. 🐍

MSI GT75 Titan 8RG Review

The beastly MSI GT75 Titan 8RG laptop is on the test bench at Vortez today.

With Intel’s latest CPU refresh, MSI have shoehorned an Intel Core i9 8950HK CPU, with a boost clock of 4.8GHz and 12mb of L3 cache included. The 6core/12thread CPU should be capable of some insane horsepower, if the chassis can remain cool. That feat may not seem too challenging when you consider the size of the Titan, but do remember that there’s also NVIDIA’s fastest mobile GPU wedged in there, the NVIDIA GTX 1080.

Cool Video of the Day

You guys need to set aside 30 minutes to watch this video. Yay for science moms!

Fired Guild Wars 2 Writer Blames Management

Umm, this person is going to have a hell of a time finding working in the gaming industry again. Instead of owning her actions, she blames everyone else. Pretty lame if you ask me.

“The whole thing was highly unprofessional,” she continued. “There was zero reason for him to be there. He wanted to vent his anger, and he had the power to command a woman to stand there while he took his feelings out on her, so he did. Then he walked out, [the manager] got my stuff from my desk and the HR person asked for my key card.”

IDGA Urges Social Media Guidelines After ArenaNet Firings

I am astounded that there needs to be guidelines for stuff like this. Remember back in the day when there was a thing called "common sense?" 

The IGDA strongly encourages its members, both as individuals and as studios and partners, to clarify the guidelines and expectations around social media use, both in professional and personal accounts.

Corsair HS70 Review

Another review of the Corsair HS70 headset has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at Vortez doing the reviewing.

The HS70 is the newest addition to the HS lineup and sits above both the HS60 and HS50 in the range. They look very similar in terms of aesthetics but improve upon the feature set by introducing 2.4GHz low-latency wireless audio and precision-tuned 50mm audio drivers that are capable of producing 20Hz to 20,000Hz. That isn’t all on the audio front as they feature support for virtual 7.1 audio as well as a customisable equaliser that can be utilised in Corsair’s iCUE software.

Agony Review

Oh yeah! This is the kind of warning I like to get when I watch a movie / play a game. Don't you?

Before getting to anything else, Agony has an M rating from the ESRB and it definitely deserves it. In fact, it originally would have received an Adult-Only rating, but the developers tweaked the problematic scenes, as an AO rating would prevent a console launch. The descriptors given are strong sexual content, nudity, strong language, intense violence, and blood and gore. If such content is not appropriate for you, and there is a lot of all of this content, then there is a good chance the media within this review is also not appropriate for you.

Intel Core i7-8086K Coffee Lake Review

TweakTown has the Intel Core i7-8086K on the test bench today. According to the review, this processor is quite the overclocker.

For now, the 8086K is the best CPU for the Z370 platform, and it's the best overclocking CPU I have seen from Intel. Overclocking is really the strong point of this CPU if you are looking at practicality. You are basically guaranteed a 5GHz OC on all cores (I do not promise that though...).

HyperX Predator RGB 16GB DDR4-2933 Review

If you need memory for your latest  system build, the crew at FunkyKit say that the HyperX Predator RGB 16GB DDR4-2933 memory kit is more than capable of handling your needs.

The Predator RGB 16GB DDR4-2933 memory kit is or sure interesting and high-quality product. All who are looking for a well-designed memory kit with RGB lighting should consider it as one of the best options on the market. For sure manufacturer’s software would help but if you have a compatible motherboard, which is not hard to find, then you can enjoy all the features that this memory brings.

WD Sets July 26 for Q4 Fiscal 2018 Financial Results Conference

Western Digital Corp. today announced that the company plans to release its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter ended June 29, 2018, after the close of the market on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The investment community conference call to discuss these results will be broadcast live online that day at 2:30 p.m. Pacific / 5:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call/webcast can be accessed at The telephone replay number in the U.S. is 1(855) 859-2056 or +1(404) 537-3406 for international callers. The required conference ID is 8876946.

How Deep Learning Is Dispelling the Clouds Hanging Over Climate Models

Global climate projections don’t always agree on how much the climate will warm in coming decades. Some project temperature rises of three or more degrees Celsius by the year 2100. Others predict a 1.5 degree shift. The primary reason for this variation may be surprising: clouds. “Most of the uncertainties we have — not all, but most — really tie back to how we represent clouds in those models,” says Pierre Gentine, an associate professor in Columbia University’s earth and environmental engineering department. To resolve this haziness in climate projections, Gentine and his fellow researchers came up with a deep learning model.

Intel at 50: Time Capsule Presentation

As part of Intel’s 50th anniversary celebration, Bob Swan, interim chief executive officer, today presented items from a time capsule buried during the company’s 35th anniversary at its Santa Clara, California, headquarters. In addition, Swan prepared a new time capsule that will be uncovered at Intel’s 75th anniversary in 2043. Featured items include a 2017 annual report; an Intel® Shooting Star™ drone flown at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea; and various items that represent Intel’s site communities across the globe.

Microsoft Announces Smaller, Cheaper Surface Go

It looks as though the Microsoft Surface Go is finally here.

Following a long list of leaks, Microsoft has finally announced Surface Go, a 10-inch tablet that's smaller, lighter and more affordable than previous Surface products. Microsoft will release the device on August 2 starting at $399, making it a rare affordable device in the Surface family.

Monday, July 9, 2018

NZXT H500i Compact Mid-Tower Case

Make sure you guys take a moment today to check out my review of the NZXT H500i compact mid-tower case. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.
Priced at just $100, the compact mid-tower H500i chassis comes in a range of colors, features a large full-cover tempered glass side panel, vertical GPU mount, and built-in lighting and fan control functionality. In short, if you are in the market for a great looking chassis and solid performance, without forking over a ton of cash, this could be the case you are looking for.

CORSAIR HS70 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

The crew over at NikKTech published a review of CORSAIR's HS70 7.1 gaming headset today. Here's a quote from the full review:

Featuring a 2.4GHz wireless connection, up to 16 hours of battery life and everything you liked about the award winning HS60 the brand new HS70 Wireless Gaming Headset With 7.1 Surround Sound by CORSAIR could be the cable-free solution you’ve all been looking for.

Steam Competitor Coming from China

Raise your hand if you would use a Steam competitor from China. Anyone?

“The Hong Kong version of WeGame is now under development,” said a spokesman for Shenzhen-based Tencent in a statement on Friday. “This version will be available for overseas users, and we will use this platform to bring more Chinese games to the global market.”

Creative iRoar Wireless Intelligent Speaker Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps have published a review of the Creative iRoar wireless intelligent speaker today for those of you interested. I wonder how this would compare to the VisionTek SoundTube PRO we reviewed a while back?

After listening plenty of clips on YouTube, some TV shows and the Death Wish movie with Bruce Willis, we were quite surprised how loud the speaker can get. After enabling Roar mode, everything got boosted, including the bass effects, which is a treat during action scenes. The speaker can deliver when playing games as well.

Nathan Drake Doesn’t Actually Take Bullet Damage

Wait. What? Naughty Dog animator Jonathan Cooper just tweeted this little nugget of info:

That’s a mega-swing! Sidenote I learned on joining the team: Drake doesn’t ever take bullet damage. The red UI that shows ‘hits’ is to represent his ‘luck’ running out. Eventually enemies will get a clear shot and kill him if he takes enough near-misses.

Must See Video of the Day

Hearing the Star Wars Cantina song played by floppy / hard drives is just awesome.

Deadpool 2 Special 'Uncut' Version Screening At Comic-Con

According Entertainment Weekly,Twentieth Century Fox is bringing a special “uncut” edition to San Diego Comic-Con this month.

Details on what Deadpool 2: Uncut entails are scarce, but Fox describes it as “a super-duper special screening” with “maybe some surprises.” The film will screen on Saturday, July 21 from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. PT at San Diego’s Horton Grand Theatre near the Convention Center.

Twitter Upset Over New Transgender Role For Scarlett Johansson

How in the hell are people mad about this? I have a great idea...please Scarlett Johansson and EVERY ACTOR ON THE PLANET simple refuse these roles. Problem solved.

With the final Avengers movie set for release in May 2019, Scarlett Johansson is ready to look for new and exciting characters to play. In fact, according to ScreenCrush, Johansson is gearing up to reunite with her Ghost in the Shell director, Rupert Sanders, in a new project titled Rub & Tug. However, the star's role in the film is being met with some controversy, particularly because Johansson's new role may be a transgender man.

Hackers Reportedly Stole 600 Gallons of Gas From Detroit Gas Station

Dear hacker, my 560hp Camaro gets 5mpg, please send your resources my direction.

Police in Detroit are looking for two suspects who allegedly managed to hack a gas pump and steal over 600 gallons of gasoline, valued at about $1,800. The theft took place in the middle of the day and went on for about 90 minutes, with the gas station attendant unable to thwart the hackers.

Battlefield 5: Next-Gen Graphics Realism

I don't know how impressive you will think the graphics in this video are but these guys seem overly impressed with Battlefield 5...seriously, watch the video, these guys are are seriously impressed with the snow in this video. I'm not the video:

Monster Hunter: World PC Date and Specs Monday

Thanks to this tweet, we now know Monster Hunter: World PC stats and specs.

MHWorld PC version details inbound: Monday, July 9th @ 9am PT / 5pm BST

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AirMech Wastelands Leaves Early Access

Thanks to our friends at Blue's News we now know that AirMech Wastelands has left Steam Early Access. Where would you be without Blue's News?

AirMech Wastelands is an Action-RPG set in an alternate future America following a global collapse of modern civilization. You are one of a few skilled survivors who are able to operate AirMechs and maintain them. You begin in the center of what used to be America where pockets of survivors remain, since the coastlines were reduced to ashes during the war.